The Shimanami Kaido cycling road stretches for approximately 80 kilometers across the beautiful Seto Inland Sea by way of numerous islands. It’s Japan’s most popular cycling route, linking Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture with Imabari in Ehime Prefecture. Cyclo Tourisme Shimanami, based in Imabari City, offers customized programs, including guided cycling tours and opportunities to carry out activities on a Japanese farm - an excellent opportunity for visitors to meet the local people.
Cycle-tourist-friendly guesthouse with a view of the Seto Inland Sea
The small port town of Namikata faces the Kurushima Strait at the beginning of the Shimanami Kaido, making it an ideal location to start your cycling trip. Inside the old Namikata ferry terminal building you'll find Namito Minato (meaning "waves and harbor"), a waterfront guesthouse with a wooden deck. The guest house rooms look out on the Seto Inland Sea, islands, and the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, which spans a string of islands.
Namito Minato offers simple, sea-view accommodation in small private rooms for two, and two dormitory rooms for four and six people, respectively. The living room is an interaction space, and CYCLO CAFE serves original curry, pizza, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages. The shared kitchen is equipped with a fridge, IH cooker, and microwave, so you can cook up favorite dishes using local ingredients bought at the nearby supermarket.
There are some restaurants in the wider area if you don't feel like cooking, but these may feel somewhat distant from the guesthouse if you travel on foot. In the maintenance room, meanwhile, you can use the specialized tools to ensure your bike stays in tip-top order. One member of staff has even cycled around the world.
From the harbor, you can see people enjoying themselves kayaking in the sea. If you crave adventure and spectacular views, then this is a break like no other. (Note that stays are limited to Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights without special arrangement.)
- Address 2264-38 Namikata Ko, Namikata-cho, Imabari, Ehime
- Phone Number 090-4332-4496
Check-in:12 p.m.–9 p.m.
Price per person:2,600 yen (dormitory room)※Include tax: Staying overnight without meals
Closed:Contact in advance regarding stays on Sundays, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays
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Leisurely island-hopping on a custom-made cycle tour
The Shimanami Kaido is famous for its exhilarating views of sea, sky, and islands. The 80-kilometer-long cycling road links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. One of the most enjoyable aspects of cycling the Shimanami Kaido is weaving your way over bridges and around each island.
Cyclo Tourisme Shimanami is a private nonprofit organization working towards sustained community improvement through the development of the cyclo tourisme concept. With help from your guide, you'll enjoy the secluded hideaways and charming back alleys of the islands at a relaxed pace.
In addition to being highly competent cycle-tour managers, cycling-staff guides are experts on Shimanami Kaido. Since the mini-tours are custom-made, they tailor the trips to each person's needs. The tours are relatively short, so people of all abilities and physical strength levels can experience the delights of Shimanami Kaido. Beginners are more than welcome, too.
On these customized tours with Cyclo guides, you can experience everyday life on each island and interact with local people - a rare kind of tour, indeed. Cyclo Tourisme Shimanami can create and tailor a bicycle trip that provides nourishment for both body and soul.
Cyclo Tourisme Shimanamiシクロツーリズムしまなみ
- Address 8-1-55 Bekku-cho Imabari, Ehime
- Phone Number 0898-33-0069
Program:Shimanami Kaido Customized tours with Cyclo guide
Fee:From 7,500 yen per person
Requirements:Advance booking necessary; two people or more only
Try a range of agricultural activities - and more - at the experimental Cyclo Farm
Cyclo Farm is an experimental farm, aiming to revive and utilize abandoned fields. The farm and its orchard produce a variety of vegetables and fruit, mainly citrus. Enjoy a range of activities at Cyclo Farm, including farming and harvesting, barbecuing with fresh local products, "farm" yoga, and wall-climbing.
You can also take advantage of guided tours around the neighboring countryside - a rare opportunity to visit various farms and meet local farmers. It's also a great chance to begin to understand how Japanese farmers utilize the land and protect the environment around them. The Cyclo Farm project launched in response to an aging farming population and the resultant diminishing farmland.
All around Japan, farms are falling into disuse as farmers grow old and their children head off to urban areas in search of education and work. The Cyclo Farm version of agritourism is intended to create a flow of people into farm areas, in hopes it will stimulate the region and revitalize the agricultural economy.
- Address Namikata, Imabari, Ehime
- Phone Number 0898-33-0069
Program:Farm experience/harvesting, barbecuing, yoga, guided tour of countryside
Operation:Varies depending on program
Fee:5,000 yen–10,000 yen
Requirements:Varies depending on program
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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